The Net Resource Foundation will host its first holiday market on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Southside Community Park, 3501 Central Ave. The holiday market is free and open to the public, featuring vendors with gifts, collectibles, seasonal decorations and locally sourced products.
Vendor space that includes a table and chairs can be rented for $35. Vendor registration ends on Friday, Oct. 29. In the event of inclement weather, the market will be rescheduled for Nov. 13.
All proceeds from the holiday market will help fund the mission of Net Resource Foundation. Through a partnership with Westside Church, The Net Resource Foundation leads the youth in the Alton Park community through after school programs, beautification projects and food programs. The nonprofit primarily works with children from kindergarten through sixth grade.
Executive Director Raquetta Dotley says she believes the funding will allow them to deliver high-quality programs customized to impact their neighborhood. “We will use the funding to supply our food, staff, supplies and field trips. This year, we are partnering with Crabtree Farms to teach the children about agriculture. We will also take our group to a pumpkin patch, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and a City Council meeting,” said Ms. Dotley.
Established in 2015, the mission of the Net Resource Foundation is to challenge systemic issues through mentorship and community-building programs in the South Chattanooga community. Ms. Dotley says the nonprofit recognizes the challenges urban communities face. “We strongly believe that by being an active part of the community and assessing the needs from within, we can better serve our citizens,” Ms. Dotley said.
In addition to shopping at the holiday market, attendees can enjoy the new playground, zipline and walking trails at the Southside Community Park. The Net Resource Foundation will follow all Covid-related CDC guidelines with hand sanitizer and masks available.
Vendors can either purchase a space for $25 (table and chairs not included) or $35 (table and chairs included). Call 423-401-0503 to reserve a spot or visit www.thenetresourcefoundation.org for more information.